An astonishing 56% of social media users suffer from FOMO, also knows as the fear of missing out. You know those friends who annoyingly pick up their phone every time a Tweet, Instagram or Facebook update pushes to their mobile when you’re in the middle of telling them an all-too-compelling story? Yep, that’s FOMO.
Social media is quickly becoming an addiction. A few days away and your inbox, Twitter stream, you name it, really gets overwhelming.
As technology enables us to stay more connected than ever, the addiction continues to grow. In fact, a new survey conducted by MyLife.com revealed 56% of people are afraid of missing out on events, news and important status updates if they are away from social networks.
Why I’m Curious
It’s been a source of irritation for many of my friends and family (myself included) when those nearest me are more concerned with their electronic device than the real-life conversation in front of them. Is FOMO going to become a clinical diagnosis, a disease like any other addiction? Can we break the cycle now? If so, how?